Dear High School Students and Parents,
It is a real pleasure to welcome you all for this new school year 2019-2020. Welcome to our new students and families and welcome back to our returning students and families.
This year, the High School pillars will continue to guide our High School experience: Be present, Do your best, Get involved.
To be successful, we need students to be coming to school and to be physically and mentally present in class, to be ready to do their best all the time, including on formative assessments, and to get involved in extracurricular activities. We believe this is the key to success.
Our High School students have elected a fantastic group of students to represent them. Our
Associated Student Body (ASB) is composed of Andrea Dugand, ASB President, Juan Esteban Serrano, ASB Vice President and eight House Captains: Arianna Paulin and Guillermo Chediak for the Jaguars, Valeria Pedroza and Valentina Peña for the Bears, Daniel Gaviria and Nicolas Wright for the Toucans and Marissa Quintanilla and Carolina Roldán for the Sharks.
These students are our High School elected leaders but I want to encourage everyone to get involved to continue to reinforce our House systems. Our ASB will work in collaboration with the High School team to make proposals to push our High School experience further. We will continue with student-led assemblies and we will use them to highlight student achievements.
This year, we are changing our approach to Discover Ecuador. 9th, 10th and 11th graders will continue to travel but they will be able to choose between three trips. We have two main goals for those trips:
● Get involved in meaningful community service experiences in Ecuador.
● Establish strong links between students across grade levels and their mentors.
At the same, we will offer a fourth option: students interested in going to College and Universities in the Los Angeles area will have the opportunity to go on a College Tour in that region of the United States.
As always, our Senior class will stay at Academia Cotopaxi for a retreat where students will be given time and space to work on their class work including school assignments. Furthermore, this year we will continue to focus a lot of our work on developing students’ Approaches to Learning (ATL) as we believe that these skills are the path to strong academics.
Indeed, there is always a strong correlation between students’ strong summative grades and high achievement in ATL’s. Please read our ATL section in the handbook.
Finally, let me share with you that I strongly believe that students’ experience in High School is what students make of it. So, dear students, own your learning, own your school, respect others, appreciate your campus and your privilege to attend Academia Cotopaxi. I always welcome your feedback and I am convinced that we are all set up to have a fantastic year.
High School Principal